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Community Connections

The Depew School-Community has many things to be proud of, especially its connection with the community. Let me share some recent examples within our district where the generosity and sense of responsibility to our community have achieved successful partnerships. The holiday season brought forth many examples from our students and staff. In fact, our students shared their musical talents all across the community; at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport for returning Service Personnel, in our area’s nursing homes and in our supermarkets, by singing and performing holiday classics.

For the second consecutive year, our business, technology and art students collected food to “Stuff the Bus” for the Tri-Community Food Pantry in Depew. The Basil Automotive Group, Caboodle Printing, Bank of Akron, the Lancaster-Depew Federal Credit Union and Key Bank supplied the funding for the campaign and we thank those agencies. Over 4,000 items were dropped off during a 12-hour collection in the front parking lot on a very cold day in December.

The Depew Middle School student council, partnering with the Eagles Club of Depew, collected over 1,000 canned goods and non-perishable food items for its annual holiday food drive. This combined effort on this worthwhile project is eagerly anticipated each year by both the Eagles Club and the students, staff and families at the middle school.

Recently, the Depew Schools became the recipient of a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Education Carol M. White Physical Education (PEP) grant. A key component of this three-year program which the district is calling "Wellcats for Life" is developing strong partnerships with community agencies. The program is being designed to reflect best practices and research for improving children’s and adolescents’ health and fitness. The overall goal is to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and to meet the state standards for physical education. In other articles in this issue, you can read more details about the fitness centers at each of the three schools. Throughout the life of this grant, we look forward to working with our partners including the Village of Depew, YMCA of Buffalo and Niagara, Erie County Department of Health, Lancaster/Depew Boys and Girls Club, United Way of Buffalo and Niagara County and Independent Health.

The community supported the Dec. 20 Capital Project and Vehicle Reserve with voter results demonstrating a 73% approval rate. With these positive results and solid support for the Board of Education’s direction, the District will move forward with its $9.2 million plan for facility repairs and upgrades and $6.4 million plan in High School Auditorium and Athletic Field upgrades, coupled with re-establishing our ever effective Vehicle and Equipment reserve.

Finally, I thank the community for its support on all these initiatives and think you would agree that we have many things to be proud of in the Depew-School Community.

Superintendents Advisory Council

The Superintendent's Advisory Committee helps enhance the communication between the District and the Depew Community at large. The committee will give advice on various major issues that the Depew School District faces, such as budget development, facilities management, student achievement and the development of future District goals.

This group meets on a regular basis or as the need arises throughout the school year. Members represent parents, business owners, clergy, parent–teacher groups and various other community groups. The committee will become well informed about the various issues of importance to the School – Community and share this information with community constituencies.

Members of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council are Nancy Siembida, Steven Karnyski, Andrea O’Hern, Patrick Law, Mary Walter, Rachel Szuba, Joanne Hopkins, Jane Wiercioch, Rebecca Wojcik, Richard Sugg, Jeannine Haak, David Burkhardt, Donna Kapinos, Guy Schiavi, Kim Orcutt, Father David Borowiak and Pastor Galen M. Purpura.